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Circa 1886 Restaurant

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Vertical Roots Lettuce
Pumpernickel "Soil", Young Carrots, Cauliflower, Crispy Shallots, Buttermilk Yogurt Dressing
Charleston Hot Quail
Sweet n' Sour Pear, Carolina Gold Rice Grits, Neufchâtel, Chives
61°c Farm Egg*
Asparagus, Salsify Mousseline, Duck Gravy, Toasted Hazelnuts, Blood Orange Oil
Heart of Kobe*
Hearts of Palm, Kobe Beef, Toasted Chestnuts, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Bliss 9 Vinegar, Horseradish Gelée
Lobster Custard
Piquillo Pepper Paint, Haricot Vert, Velvet Pioppini Mushrooms, Vanilla Poached Potatoes
La Belle Farms Foie Gras*
Grain Mustard Mornay, Braised Cabbage, Pretzel, Applejack Raisin Compote
Rainbow Trout
Pecan & Duck Sausage Wild Rice, Grilled Scallion Bubbles, Melted Leeks, Champagne Apricot Sauce
Piedmontese Beef*
Garlic Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes, Baby Spinach, Stewed Hot House Tomatoes, Stracchino Béchamel
Sea Scallops*
Anson Mills Sage Grits, Pomegranate, Delicata Squash, Pistachio, Pea Shoots
Bacon Crust, Flageolet Beans, Sundried Tomatoes, Celery, Onion Marmalade, Crab Hush Puppy
Antelope Loin*
Lavender Polenta, Brussels Sprouts, Baby Beets, Sundried Blueberry Bordelaise
Mushroom Bourguignon
Root Vegetables, Fingerling Potatoes, Pearl Onions, Cabernet Truffle Veggie Glace, P'tit Basque Crostini
Ginger Brined Pork Tenderloin*
Lemongrass Scrapple, Shiitake Mushroom n' Sweet Potato Hash, Baby Bok Choy, Red Curry Hollandaise
Plank Salmon*
Smoked Huitlacoche Pudding, Upland Cress, Agave Cranberry Chutney, Juniper Salt, Stewed Squash
Pluff "Mudslide" Soufflé
Bailey's Chocolate Anglaise, Mocha Chip Swirl Ice Cream
Sweet Potato Brulee
Bourbon Pecan Brown Butter Cake, Sorghum Marshmallow
Apple Walnut Cake
Spiced Port, Local Honey Ice Cream, Poached Sour Apples
Key Lime Entremet
Cheesecake, Bavarian Cream, Lime Curd, Raspberry Coulis
Valrhona Double Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Sea Salt Butterscotch, Milk Gelato
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection
US$25 - US$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
American, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a lovely dinner at Circa 1886. We were staying at The John Rutledge House Bed and breakfast and the concierge there recommended this restaurant. We were not disappointed. The staff at the restaurant could not have been better. They were very friendly and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank syliegirl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Dinner at Circa 1886 was good but not exceptional. The menu was limited and a bit lacklustre and the service, while certainly competent, was not what I expected based on many reviews.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank suezquez
Reviewed 5 days ago

Located behind the Wentworth Mansion in the old carriage house/stables. Beautiful building. It was a walk from where we stayed but worth it. Seeing the Wentworth Mansion exterior was an experience in itself. Food is very gourmet..and exceptional. Wait staff is very attentive and professional....More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Pam H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had been meaning to have dinner here for a while and had heard mixed reviews, a lot of hit and misses was the conclusion, my night was definitely a miss. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great, beautiful kept grounds and two dining rooms that...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Vintage82
Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiancé and I recently visited Charleston and booked a room at Wentworth Mansion. The Innkeeper was able to book a table at Circa 1886 which is located in the beautiful carriage house. We were seated at a table overlooking a small garden which was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank judithf242
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886! Thank you for your kind remarks to our staff and the overall atmosphere. Your impression of our restaurant is exactly what we hope every one of our guests takes with them when they leave. Chef Collins’...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinner at Circa 1886 could not have been better in any aspect. The Hostess was exceptional, the Waitress was the best we have experienced in Charleston, the food was out of this world delicious start to finish and the restaurant being in a beautiful carriage...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank bultprf
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for this wonderful review of Circa 1886. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true Southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. We are thrilled to read that your dinner at Circa 1886 ranked as one of the best dining...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a most fantastic meal. Our waiter - Dennis - was exceptional, a real credit to the restaurant. The wine pairing with dinner was spot on.More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank howard372
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Circa 1886. We take great pride in our service staff and are so pleased that their attention to detail warranted a personal mention. I am glad to see you enjoyed your every aspect of your dinner including...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This January we booked, as we always do, a reservation for dinner during Restaurant Week. Again, Circa 1886 did not disappoint us. My appetizer, quail legs with a touch of heat over grits, was wonderful, just the opener for a marvelous Piedmontese beef, which was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Margaret H
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the amazing review of Circa 1886. I am glad to hear you were able to join us during Restaurant Week. Our staff is dedicated to delivering true Southern hospitality, so we are thrilled to read such wonderful feedback. Our chefs work very...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent environment for a couple to enjoy a night out. Wonderful atmosphere. The staff is very kind and knowledgeable about the menu. The food is simply amazing. Wonderful date night experience.More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Karly G
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Circa 1886. Our service staff is compromised of hospitality professionals, and it is wonderful to hear that they exceeded your expectations. Our Chef works diligently to create memorable and delicious dishes and we are so glad...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is lovely inside and out. The bartender, Anne, was quite welcoming. Our server, Mark, was terrific. Very personable and very accommodating. The food was excellent. I imagine in the summertime the courtyard would be a wonderful place to spend a quiet summer evening...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Valerie H
OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for spending an evening with us at Circa 1886! The goal for each of our guests is to create a lasting and memorable experience and it appears that was the case with your dinner. We would love to serve you again in the...More

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20 September 2018|
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Response from planningpro | Reviewed this property |
not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
27 April 2017|
Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
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